It’s Not Racism - The Arabs Just Shouldn’t Be Here

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Abby Zimet

Hundreds of right-wing Israeli soccer fans of the Beitar Jerusalem team walked out when one of the team's two new Chechen Muslim players  scored a goal last weekend, but they say it wasn't racism - it was "just a matter of being Arab" when they want to keep the team "pure." This, after other members of the hard-core group known as "La Familia" tried to burn down the clubhouse when the team hired Zaur Sadayev and Dzhabrail Kadiyev in the first place. Racial purity: Where have we heard this before? It should be noted: Most fans stayed, cheered and gave Sadayev a standing ovation.

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